In recent years numerous attempts have been made by analytic philosophers to naturalize various different domains of philosophical inquiry. All of these attempts have had the common goal of rendering these areas of philosophy amenable to empirical methods, with the intention of securing for them the supposedly objective status and broad intellectual appeal currently associated with such approaches.
This volume brings together internationally recognised analytic philosophers, including Alvin Plantinga, Peter van Inwagen and Robert Audi, to question the project of naturalism. The articles investigate what it means to naturalize a domain of philosophical inquiry and look at how this applies to the various sub-disciplines of philosophy including epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of the mind. The issue of whether naturalism is desirable is raised and the contributors take seriously the possibility that excellent analytic philosophy can be undertaken without naturalization.
Controversial and thought-provoking, Analytic Philosophy Without Naturalism examines interesting and contentious methodological issues in analytic philosophy and explores the connections between philosophy and science.
A. Corradini is Professor of Philosophy of Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. S. Galvan is Professor of Logic at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. E.J. Lowe is Professor of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK.
CONTENTS List of illustrations Notes on contributors Preface Aknowledgments Introduction A.Corradini, S. Galvan, J. Lowe PART I Epistemology 1 Reflection Franz von Kutschera Reflection, self-consciousness and intentionality Comment on von Kutschera's paper Michele Lenoci 2 How naturalism implies skepticism Alvin Plantinga Methodological and/or ontological naturalism? Comment on Plantinga's paper Roberta Corvi PART II Ontology 3 Aristotelian substances and the theorethical/practical dichotomy Edmund Runggaldier Aristotelian ontology and naturalistic ontology Comment on Runggaldier's paper Alessandro Giordani 4 What is naturalism? What is analytical philosophy? Peter van Inwagen Naturalism, physicalism, and some footnotes on 'Analytical Philosophy' Comment on van Inwagen's paper Christian Kanzian PART III Philosophy of Religion Contemporary cosmology and the existence of God Willian Lane Craig How to deal with singularities Comment on Craig's paper Winfried Loffler The design argument between science and metaphysics Robin Collins Metaphysical presuppositions of the argument from design Comment on Collins' paper Sergio Galvan PART IV Philosophy of Mind 7 Rational selves and freedom of action Jonathan Lowe I see that Martians persecute me: what should I do, if I want to act rationally? Comment on Lowe's paper Lucia Urbani Ulivi 8 Consciousness and freedom Uwe Meixner Which consciousness do we need to have a choice? Comment on Meixner's paper Josef Quitterer PART V Practical Philosophy 9 Naturalism, realism and objectivity in ethics Robert N. Audi Non-reductive naturalism versus non-naturalism in ethics: how wide is the gap? Comment on Audi's paper Antonella Corradini 10 Resisting naturalism: the case of free will Hugh McCann Practical reasoning and action Comment on McCann's paper Francesca Castellani Bibliography